The Spacebomb Sound with Matthew E. White

Music of New Orleans with George Porter Jr.

120 minsFirst aired 13 Sep 2016This episode is unavailable. Why?

It’s all that jazz, brass and R&B as Matthew E. White and Co. celebrate music of the Big Easy, featuring the Meters’ George Porter Jr.

New Orleans may be primarily known as the birthplace of jazz, but Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb cohorts remind us that America’s great musical gumbo is seasoned with so much more: zydeco, R&B, brass bands and blues, just to name a few. Together they trace the city’s history from proto-jazz pioneer King Oliver and Papa Celestin’s blues-y warbling to Dr. John’s voodoo incantations on 1969’s “Babylon” and Little Richard’s yowling rock & roller “Lucille.” Along the way they’ll pick up the phone to chat with Meters bassist George Porter Jr. about recording with Allen Toussaint, surviving a dust-up with Joseph “Ziggy” Modeliste and the cops and what makes his hometown’s aural tradition so special. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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